Washington officials are recommending the city allow a St. Louis energy services firm conduct a free audit of facilities.

City Administrator Darren Lamb said a committee comprised of city staff and council members heard requests for proposals last week from consulting firms interested in conducting an audit in order to pursue energy-saving projects.

Lamb said the committee met again Monday and selected CTS Group, Ballwin. Lamb said city staff would submit a letter of intent to the company.

Councilman Jeff Patke said CTS stood out because the city could prioritize projects.

“We can participate immediately or in phases as we move down the road,” he said.

Councilwoman Susan Watermann noted CTS was selected because how closely it will work with the city.

“It is very partnership based,” she said. “They are willing to work with the city to decide which direction to go.”

The council agreed to submit the letter but the city is not obligated to enter into a contract with CTS.

In 2014, a similar committee heard presentations from firms to provide energy savings for city projects. At that time the committee heard proposals and recommended Ameresco, Inc.

The city council, Sept. 5, agreed to form a new committee to hear qualifications from firms to see what projects exist in the city that could be funded by energy savings.

City officials resumed energy savings talks after the administration/operations committee meeting was presented a plan by Trane in July.

Under a proposed agreement, the city would sign a performance-based contract with Trane for 15 years. The project would be financed over the 15-year term of the deal and would require no upfront capital.

At the time, Lamb noted it was a good idea to consider an energy audit as the city prepares to discuss capital improvement projects this fall before citizens vote on the extension of the half-cent capital sales tax.